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Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Liptovski Mikulas, 2006

Duration of the exhibition: September 18 - November 22, 2015

Opening: Thursday, September 17, 7.30 p.m.
Introduction by Thomas Elsen, Director of Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus

Opening hours: Mon closed, Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus
Maximilianstraße 48
D-86150 Augsburg
Phone +49 (0) 821 / 324 41 12
Fax +49 (0) 821 / 324 41 05


Review on the book "Catch" by Greg Andruszczenko in GUP Magazine

The ‘decisive moment’ is a concept attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson, reflecting his philosophy of street photography to select the intuitive moment at which to freeze time, in order to capture an action at the apex of its curvature.

German photographer Wolfgang Zurborn works within the tradition of street photography in his newest photobook Catch to draw together multiple seemingly disparate events into one pivotal moment. His photographs seem to be captured in an ordinary glance, perfectly lifted from daily life, but structured in an eye-gyrating combination. The resulting images are simple and at the same time complex in their collage-like assembly.

As a book, Catch demonstrates a mastery of rhythmical layout. On the left page, the paths in a park converge to a line made by the meeting of two panes of glass, which points our eye to the right page where the line splits into multiples, which hold taut a billowed out tent-like structure. The composition is complemented on the following two pages by a hanging fishnet, and further a children’s playground built of converging aluminium skeletons, ending in a squared off angle, amidst a background of high-rises. And so forth through the book.
Catch bangs out a fierce yet loosely controlled rhythm with a jazz sensibility, seeming to meander off beat, but always on. The pace of the book is quick-paced, easy to flip through and catch the beat, but invites further exploration of the individual pages.

Zurborn, a German photographer and educator, seems to gleefully break the tradition of the formal, structurally analytical Dusseldorf school in which he was brought up, allowing instead the viewer to make their own analysis. In place of the stark tradition of repetitive analysis, Wolfgang’s images burst with colour and energy, challenging us to question our surroundings, stand back, and not take life so seriously.








You will find a detailed description of Wolfgang Zurborn's photographic
work under "Portfolio".

Biographical information, publications and exhibitions can be found under "Info".



Galerie Lichtblick

Deutsche Fotografische




The India Vision Quest

Publcation by Verlag Kettler showing the results of the workshops by
Zurborn in Ahmedabad and Kolkata 2013/14 with young
Indian photographers. Text by Manik Katyal.

Book Cover, Photograph: Iman Ahmed, Design: Richard Reisen

The publication is showing photographs by:
Imran Ahmed • Arko Datto • Shruti Desai • Shubham Dharmsktu
Manoj Bharti Gupta • Aamir Jasdanwala • Srinivas KN
Kannagi Khanna • Sunny Lamba • Poornima Marh • Hiten Noonwal Swastik Pal • Anoop Ray • Aditi Rokade • Shankar Sarkar
Partha Sengupta • Rutul Shah • Sneha Trivedi • Alexander P. Hansen Wolfgang Zurborn

Slideshow with images from the book The India Vision Quest

Photograph: Anoop Ray

The India Vision Quest

published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund 2015
Editor: Wolfgang Zurborn
Text: Manik Katyal
Concept and Editing: Wolfgang Zurborn
Book Design: Richard Reisen
Format: 32x24 cm
204 Pages, 114 Color Images, 17 B/W-Images
ISBN: 978-3-86206-495-3
Price: 48.- Euro

Photograph: Swastik Pal

The India Vision Quest is a remarkable achievement by eighteen young Indian photographers where they have presented a fusion of the old and new resulted in exquisite, multi-layered perspective of hybridized boomtown of Ahmedabad and Kolkata. Pre-partition neighbor hoods, depicting personal spaces; everyday construction site; extinction of single screen cinemas in India; vibrant night life of Kolkata, tradition versus modernity. The dialectical relationships point to the challenge and contradictions in India's frenzied Landscape of change...
Excerpt from the preface by Manik Katyal, Emaho Magazine

Photograph: Shankar Sarkar

The workshops in Ahmedabad (Nov. 2013) and Kolkata (March 2014) were organised by DWIH, German House fpr Research and Innovation New Delhi. Special thanks to Annette Doll-Sellen and Alexander P. Hansen.

Thanks also to Manik Katyal, Rishi Singhal and Suvendu Chatterjee for nominating the participants of the workshops,

Exhibitions showing the results of the workshops have been until now in New Delhi, Pondicherry and Kolkata. More presentations will be in Ahmedabad (Oktober 2015) and Bengalore (November 2015).

Photographs: Kannagi Khanna








RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain

Imagine Reality

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Leverkusen 2005 from the book Catch

Main exhibition at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main,
at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and at Museum Angewandte Kunst

Duration of the exhibition: June 20 - September 20, 2015
Opening: June 19, 2015, 7 pm, MMK 1 of MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst

Participating artists:

Sonja Braas » Barbara Breitenfellner » Sophie Calle » David Claerbout » Jonas Dahlberg » Cristina De Middel » Klaus Elle » Jan Paul Evers » Lucas Foglia » Joan Fontcuberta » Beate Gütschow » João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva » Barbara Kasten » Annette Kelm » Cinthia Marcelle » Maix Mayer » Sanaz Mazinani » Abelardo Morell » Yamini Nayar » Hans Op de Beeck » Miguel Rio Branco » Viviane Sassen » Kathrin Sonntag » Simon Starling » Anoek Steketee » John Stezaker » Jan Tichy » Wolfgang Zurborn 

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Paris 1989, from the book dressur real

Curators of the exhibition:

Anne-Marie Beckmann (Art Collection Deutsche Börse)
Jule Hillgärtner (freie Kuratorin)
Celina Lunsford (Fotografie Forum Frankfurt)
Alexandra Lechner (Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie)
Peter Gorschlüter (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main)
Matthias Wagner K (Museum Angewandte Kunst)

The focus of RAY 2015 is the main exhibition IMAGINE REALITY.
It is on view from June 20th to September 20th, 2015, in the spaces of the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. In addition to the main exhibition the second edition of RAY will commission new and exclusive productions that will be presented in the partnering institutions in Frankfurt and the RheinMain region. The featured works as well the new commissions will focus on the transitions between documentary, photo-journalistic, applied and art photography.  IMAGINE REALITY shows how photography creates new realities in addition to capturing it.

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Kommern 2004, from the book Drift

In the exhibition IMAGINE REALITY the photographic applications vary as much as the history of photography itself and reflect the transformation of the medium: analogue photographic processes and new methods, made possible by technological change, are used in equal measure within current art photography.

I am showing at Museum Angewandte Kunst a selection of works from my projects dressur real, Drift and Catch.

Museum Angewandte Kunst
Schaumainkai 17
60594 Frankfurt am Main

Festival address:
RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain
Braubachstr. 30-32, 60311 Frankfurt
Phone: +49 (0)69 74090003









Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale)

Echibition Catch - Photo Gallery West Wing, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle

Duration of the exhibition: June 11- August 30, 2015

Stiftung Moritzburg Halle (Saale)
Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
Friedemann-Bach-Platz 5
06108 Halle (Saale)
Phone +49 (0)345 21 259-6890,
Fax +49 (0)345 20 29 990

Echibition Catch - Photo Gallery West Wing, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle







Book published by Verlag Kettler, April 2015

Book cover Catch

72 colour photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn
Text by Ror Wolf
Language: German and English
100 pages, hard cover, format: 24x30,4 cm
Editor: Achim Heine
published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund
Design: Heine/Lenz/Zizka,
Conceptual cooperation: Richard Reisen
Release date: April 20, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-86206-475-5
Price: 38.- Euro

Diaschau Catch

From the book Catch

Book Launch and Exhibition

May 23, 2015, 8 p.m.
Exhibition duration: May 24 - June 7, 2015

Opening hours: Fri 7-9 p.m., Sat+Sun 2-6 p.m.

Galerie Lichtblick
Steinbergerstr. 21
50733 Cologne

More exhibitions in 2015 showing works of the series Catch

Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, June 11 - September 13, 2015
Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg
NEUE GALERIE IM HÖHMANNHAUS September 18, - November 22, 2015
RAY 2015. Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain
Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, June 20 - September 20, 2015

Thanks to Megalab AG Cologne for the friendly support by the production of the exhibition prints.

untitled, Cologne, 2005

The curiosity to experience, the search for communication, to long for images that tear us out of the routine consumption of normal media image clutter: images with irritating cutouts, surprising compositions and unusual perspectives. Such an irritation is necessary to reflect upon what we encounter in everyday life. A more mysterious way of seeing evokes questioning of how to look and thus penetrate further into the various layers of the visible. The world as a collage will not dissolve in a unique punch line but rather expand itself in disparity. Space between things is very important. It leaves us room for imagination. The images themselves become catalysts to the experience diverse perception. They extend the visions for the discovery of the seemingly trivial-----Catch!

untitled, Cologne, 2013






DWIH HORIZON - Art meets Science

The Theatre of Real Life

Results of the workshops by Wolfgang Zurborn
with young Indian photographers in Ahmedabad and Kolkata

March 10th-15th, 2015

Swastik Pal, Kolkata 2014

The exhibition presents selected works by:

Imran Ahmed • Arko Datto • Shruti Desai • Shubham Dharmsktu
Manoj Bharti Gupta • Aamir Jasdanwala • Srinivasa K N
Kannagi Khanna • Sunny Lamba • Poornima Marh • Hitender Noonwal
Swastik Pal • Anoop Ray • Aditi Rokade • Shankar Sarkar
Partha Sengupta • Rutul Shah • Sneha Trivedi

and photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn from New Delhi and Kolkata

Rabindranath Tagore Centre,
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata -700071
West Bengal, India

The exhibition is organized by DWIH,
German House for Research and Innovation New Delhi.
Special thanks to Annette Doll-Sellen and Alexander P. Hansen

Thanks to Manik Katyal, Rishi Singhal and Suvendu Chatterjee
for nominating the participants of the workshops.

Exhibition "The Theatre of Real Life" at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,
New Delhi, Indiia, October 2014

The German House for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi is organising ''DWIH Horizon:  ART meets SCIENCE''  in Kolkata from 10th to 15th March, 2015 to be inaugurated by DFG Vice President Prof. Dr. Frank Allgöwer and Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kolkata Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen. The weeklong event includes a Higher Education and Research Fair as well as a Photo Exhibition to capture the essence of Art and Science under one roof.

The Photo Exhibition will showcase photos depicting everyday life in India. Captured by Indian photographers during the Photography Master Classes “The Theatre of Real Life” conducted during the “Excellence on Tour!” road shows in Ahmedabad and Kolkata, these photos have now been assembled into an inspiring exhibition by the renowned German artistic photographer Wolfgang Zurborn.

Partha Sengupta, Kolkata 2014

For the friendly support by the production of the
exhibition prints we thank the Megalab AG, Cologne









DWIH HORIZON - Art meets Science

The Theatre of Real Life

Results of the workshops by Wolfgang Zurborn
with young Indian photographers in Ahmedabad and Kolkata

February 21th-26th, 2015

Cafe de flore, Alliance Francaise de Pondichéry
37, Rue Dumas, Maison Colombani
Puducherry - 605001

Opening hours: 8.30 am - 6.15 pm

Sunny Lamba, Ahmedabad 2013

Exhibition "The Theatre of Real Life" im Cafe de flore, Alliance Francaise de Pondichéry
Puducherry India, February 2015

Wolfgang Zurborn, Kolkata 2014








Asia Express

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Beijing 2006

Steven Benson, Zaza Bertrand, Jef Boes, Sander Buyck, Chili, James Whitlow Delano, Maxim Delvaux, Sanne de Wilde, Marine Dricot, Gert Jochems, Maroesjka Lavigne, Elaine Ling, Kumi Oguro, Constance Proux, Luc Rabaey, Frank Rothe, Lisa & Clara Spilliaert, Niels Stomps, Pieter ten Hoopen, Kurt Tong, Thomas van den Driessche, Britt Vangenechten, Franky Verdickt, John Vink, Xiao Xiao Xu, Wolfgang Zurborn

December 19th 2014 - January 4th 2015
Opening: December 18th 2014, 8 p.m.

Former Police Station
Hauwerstraat 3

organized by Fotohuis Stedel. Academie DKO & 44 Gallery

Sanne de Wilde, The Dwarf Empire






Alles Maskerade!

Fasching, Karneval & Mummenschanz

Wolfgang Zurborn Out of Space

Exhibition at MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen

Ewan Atkinson, Sonia Boyce, Adam Chodzko, Leah Gordon, Marlon Griffith, Kahn & Selesnick, Marie Rime, Corinna Theuring and Alexandra Vogt,

Exhibition in the exhibition:
elf uhr elf
Theo Barth, Ute Behrend, Thekla Ehling, Dirk Gebhardt, Matthias Jung, David Klammer, Frederic Lezmi, Nadine Preiß and Wolfgang Zurborn.

curated by Axel Lapp

November 22nd 2014 - February 22nd 2015
Opening: Friday, November 21st 2014, 7 pm

MEWO Kunsthalle
Bahnhofstraße 1
87700 Memmingen
Phone +49 (0)8331 85071

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 am–5 pm, Thu 1-7 pm
closed at December 12th and 31st 2014


elf uhr elf

Buchcover elf uhr elf


elf uhr elf is published by Verlag Kettler
ISBN 978-3-86206-337-6
144 pages, 124 images
Editor: elfuhrelf GbR
Initiator: Matthias Jung
Editorial team: Ute Behrend, Thekla Ehling, Nadine Preiß
Layout: eye-d Designbüro
Image layout: Wolfgang Zurborn
Texts about carnival by the authors: Norbert Hummelt, Adrian Kasnitz, Martin Stankowski, Ute Wegmann, Lars Weisbrod and Christoph Wirtz.
Postface: Dr. Michael Euler-Schmidt, Stadtmuseum Cologne


David KlammerHerren Sitzung


Frederic Lezmi Vor dem Tore (In Front of the Gate)


elf uhr elf - nine most well-known Cologne photo journalists and artists for the first time realised a collaborative art project about the Carnival in Cologne. elfuhrelf is sympathetic to the idea of carnival and to all people participating in one of the biggest festivities in Germany. For the Rhinelanders it is the pure form of happiness, generating energy and power for the rest of the year.
The photographs by Ute Behrend, Theodor Barth, Thekla Ehling, Dirk Gebhardt, Matthias Jung, David Klammer, Frederic Lezmi, Nadine Preiß and Wolfgang Zurborn are focussing on this energy.

Nadine Preiß Wir waren Helden (We have been Heroes)

elfuhrelf is creating a modern, exciting and tender view on the Carnival in Cologne between carnival men's meetings und street carnival, between the private world of carnival presidents and the public pleasures of love, between reality and fairy-tale.
The photographs are showing the festivities of common people in the suburbs, the international attraction of the Shrove Monday procession and the mystic, archaic and phantasic ceremonies and parties of alternative carnival.

Matthias Jung Oberhäupter (Supreme Heads)


























Thekla Ehling




Theodor Barth Couple Rotation


















Dirk Gebhardt







Ute Behrend Ahl Säu




Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India

Photo Exhibition - DWIH Horizon: Art Meets Science

Results of workshops by Wolfgang Zurborn
with young Indian photographers in Ahmedabad and Kolkata

October 27 - November 1, 2014

Anoop Ray

The exhibition presents selected works by:

Imran Ahmed • Arko Datto • Shruti Desai • Shubham Dharmsktu
Manoj Bharti Gupta • Aamir Jasdanwala • Srinivasa K N
Kannagi Khanna • Sunny Lamba • Poornima Marh • Hitender Noonwal
Swastik Pal • Anoop Ray • Aditi Rokade • Shankar Sarkar
Partha Sengupta • Rutul Shah • Sneha Trivedia

and photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn from New Delhi and Kolkata

Wolfgang Zurborn, New Delhi 2013

Dummy for the catalogue with the results of the workshops "The Theatre of Real Life"

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA),
Dr Rajendra Prasad Rd,
Rajpath Road Area,
Central Secretariat,
New Delhi, DL 110001
phone: 91 011 23388155

For the friendly support by the production of the
exhibition prints we thank the Megalab AG, Cologne

























In the Labyrinth of Signs

Now available as digital publication
view and order

For more than a decade, Wolfgang Zurborn has investigated the relation between photography and public space, while not trying to depict urban landscapes objectively, nor investigating human behaviour the way a journalist would. Rather he has posed a philosophical question by means of photography: How far is it possible for a subject in the digital age to attain individual cognition and performance in an everyday public context?... 
Peter V. Brinkemper, introduction in the catalogue In the Labyrinth of Signs,
printed 1998

Wolfgang Zurborn, In the Labyrinth of Signs, 1991-93, printed 1998

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac
Published: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Phrdr UG
38 pages
German and English







Chine Today

China Stories - a selection by Tina Schelhorn

Harvey Benge, Steven Benson, Chili, Stefen Chow, James W. Delano, Luis Delgado, Sanne de Wilde, Katharina Hesse, Oyvind Hjelmen, Liu Jin, Pok Chi Lau, Elaine Ling, Sherman Ong, Chris Rauschenberg, Michael Rhoades, Yuan Shun, Matthew Sleeth, Homer Sykes, Zsolt Szamody, Ian Teh, Kurt Tong, Robert Welsh, Wolfgang Zurborn

& Max Pam, Pierre Bessard

Wolfgang Zurborn, China! Which China?, Beijing 2006

July, 6th.-13th, 2014

Opening: Sunday, July 6th, 2014, 6 p.m.

l'atelier cinq
lieu de l'écrit & galerie
Place Voltaire, 5 rue tardieu
13200 Arles

Publication in co-operation with Heine/Lenz/Zizka

Wolfgang Zurborn, "China! Which China?"
Wolfgang Zurborn, "China! Which China?"
Photographs from Beijing and Shanghai 2006
4x4 section, 42x31.5cm leporello

A project by Heine/Lenz/Zizka and
Design: Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt, Berlin
Publisher:, Cologne
ISBN: 3-932187-12-1
Price: 48.- Euro







International Photo Scene Cologne 2014


Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Shanghai 2006
From the series China! Which China?

Edition 15
475.- Euro

On occasion of its relaunch Photo Scene Cologne for the first time is publishing an edition with 19 photographers - as a subjective selection, which is creating a multifaceted overview on contemporary German photography.

The participating photographers are:

Boris Becker, Peter Bialobrzeski, Frank Breuer, Chris Durham,
Boris Eldagsen, Albrecht Fuchs, Andreas Gefeller, Pepa Hristova, Matthias Jung, Michael Lange, Tamara Lorenz, Irina Ruppert,
Linn Schröder, Oliver Sieber, Katja Stuke, Anna Vogel, Petra Wittmar, Tobias Zielony
and Wolfgang Zurborn.

All edition prints you can see on the website of Photo Scene Cologne:







Exhibitions, Workshops, Portfolio Reviews, Lectures
May 1st-10th 2013

China Stories

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Beijing, 2006

China Stories curated by Tina Schelhorn

This exhibition seeks to uncover resonances between the China of today and that of its deep and ancient past. Through this collection China emerges as a complex country of many contrasts, a place of wild natural beauty and tradition and of a diverse and varied population with a multitude of customs and beliefs. These compelling images offer not just a visual picture of China but present China’s stories suggesting a presentiment for its future.

Harvey Benge, Auckland, New Zealand – China Story
Michael C. Brown, New York – Revolution Restaurant
Chili, Beijing – Red Star Hotel
Stefen Chow, Singapore – The Poverty Line
Nathalie Daoust, Bejing/Berlin – Impersonating Mao
James Whitlow Delano, Tokyo – China: Dystopa/ Utopia
Luis Delgado, San Francisco – Cuentos Chinos
Antonio Julio Duarte, Lisbon – Macao Casino
Katharina Hesse, Beijing – Human Negotiations
Oyvind Hjelmen, Stord, Norway – Journey Elswhere
Liu Jin, Beijing – Fallen Angel
Ferit Kuyas, Zürich – City of Ambition
Pok Chi Lau, Lawrence/Hongkong - The Legacy
Elaine Ling, Toronto – Stone to Stone
Sherman Ong, Singapore - HanoiHaiku
Wang Qingsong, Beijing – Another Battle Series
Michael Rhoades, New York – Chinatown NYC
Frank Silberbach, Berlin – In Mengwang
Matthew Sleeth, Melbourne – Red China
Homer Sykes, London – Shanghai Odyssey
Ian Teh, London – Trace
Kurt Tong, Hongkong – In Case it Rains in Heaven
Robert Welsh, San Francisco – Grandma
Zsolt Szamódy, Budapest – The Back Allys of Globalization
Wolfgang Zurborn, Cologne- China! Which China?

Openingg: May 3rd, 2013 8 p.m.
Duration of the exhibition: May 3rd-20th 2013

Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi
27 Rustaveli Prospect
Tbilisi, Georgia


Festival program

After 11 years of successful track record of running annual Photo Contest, the recent highlight was the extension of  "KOLGA AWARD" into "KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO". From 2012, within the framework of "KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO" week, along with Kolga Award exhibition, the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi has hosted various international and local exhibitions featuring both historically significant images and photographic works depicting various positions in contemporary photography.

"KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2013" is honored to host exposition “China Stories” by 30 international photographers, curated by Tina Schelhorn.

Under the framework of "KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2013", in cooperation with Galerie Lichtblick and the support of the British Council and Ministry of Culture, Georgia "KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO" will offer workshops, seminars, discussions and portfolio reviews to underline our philosophy to support the further promotion of art of photography as one of the new media forms among Georgians and to advance them in their development. The following photo experts, curators, tutors from all over the world will deliver workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews: Wolfgang Zurborn (Cologne), Mimi Mollica (London), Marc Asnin (New York), Vince Cianni (New York), Louie Palu (Washington) Kurt Tong (Hongkong). 
























Matthew Sleeth, Red China











Harvey Benge, China Stories


Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara & Goethe-Institut Indonesien


exhibition / photobook launch / portofolio review / gallery talk /
music for democracy and photobook masterclass
special guests Markus Schaden and Wolfgang Zurborn
January 16th -22nd 2013

Photobook Masterclass Jakarta 2013

Documentation of Photobook Masterclass Jakarta 2013

Celebrating a “Month of Photo Book“ starting in January, GFJA turns into a centre of photo book art and offers a wide range of activities alongside the exhibition. Let yourself be inspired by photographers giving exclusive insight into their working process, listen to emerging photo artists introducing their latest projects and be part of the public discussion deliberating on future photo book markets and the challenges of e-distribution. In January Galeri Antara is all about good photos and how to strikingly present them in form of a book.

Already known to the scene from his last visit in 2011, Markus Schaden returns to Jakarta as the “Special Guest”, this time bringing along his photographer-colleague Wolfgang Zurborn. Together they will be holding the “Photo Book Master Class Jakarta”, working with the participating photographers on developing their own projects.

Photo Book Master Class Jakarta
with Markus Schaden and Wolfgang Zurborn (Invitation only)
January 16-22, 2013

Portofolio Review (Registration Required,
Saturday, January 19, 2013 / 13:00 - 17:00 / GFJA

Gallery Talk
"ebook: The end of Photo Book?"
Speakers: Markus Schaden, Wolfgang Zurborn, Oscar Motuloh
Sunday, January 20, 2013 / 15:00 - 17:00 / Neo Journalism Club / Jl. Antara 61, Pasar Baru, Jakarta
"Foto Ikonik & Pendekatan Pribadi"
Speakers: Beawiharta, Jay Subyakto, Kemal Jufri and Lasti Kurnia
Saturday, January 26, 2013 / 15:00 - 17:00 / Neo Journalism Club / Jl. Antara 61, Pasar Baru, Jakarta




























Photobook Masterclass Jakarta 2013




Au Centre de la Vitesse

Au Centre de la Vitesse #13, 1994

Wolfgang Zurborn Au Centre de la Vitesse

November 6th - December 1st 2012

Galerie de la Corderie
56, rue Albert Bailly
59700 Marcq-en-Baroeul

Opening hours: Tue 2-7 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.,
Thu 2-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

More Info and images about the series In the Middle of the Speed

In the Middle of the Speed (1996)

Pierre Devin, from the text in the publication Au Centre de la Vitesse,
Cahier 22 of the project Minnion Photographique Transmanche, organised by Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais

The construction of the tunnel under the channel is the symbol of European construction and its territorial development. This development favours communications networks and high-speed exchanges. Those in power decided on just-in-time distribution for the communications logistics. Speed and just-in-time, to the point of saturation, have become the very attributes of the powers-that-be.

Au Centre de la Vitesse # 4, 1996

The abolition of the natural obstacle has inevitably brought about a banalization of the voyage itself, a cosmopolitan standardisation of the places of transit and even of the destinations, articulated in a language consisting of pictograms and elementary English. Like the „Transsiberian“, the „Simplon Orient Express“, or the „Etoile du Nord“, will Eurostar engender its own prose?

Wolfgang Zurborn was intrigued by this „compression“ of significations of the contemporary world at two moments which are themselves significative. On the one hand, the inauguration, which is conceived as a concerted and decisive moment. With the projection of the images and, if possible, other poetics – for a shuttle, fundamentally, is nothing more than an international subway – and on the other hand, the city of Europe which sees itself in permanence as a panorama of the continent, and which has thus taken on the form of a megamall. Could a better symbol have been imagined?..






Voices of the Sea

Musée des Beaux-Arts Calais

Wolfgang Zurborn In the Middle of the Speed #9, Calais 1994

Voices of the Sea

Joseph Koudelka, Allan Sekula, Jacqueline Salmon, Martin Parr, Bruno Serralongue, Bernard Plossu, Michel Kempf, Philippe Lesage, Jean-Louis Garnell, François Méchain, Paul Armand Gette, Franck Bernhard, Marilyn Bridges, Wolfgang Zurborn, Jean Pierre Gilson, Fabiana Figueiredo, Jean Pierre Parmentier, Philippe Bazin, Catherine Melin and Frédéric Lefever.

November 17th, 2012 - April 14th, 2013

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais
25 rue Richelieu - 62100 Calais
Phone : 03 21 46 48 40
Fax : 03 21 46 48 47

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., Sun 2-5 p.m.
Monday closed

Voiles of the sea is the third step in a series of exhibitions on the representations of Calais coast and takes stock of 30 years of photography in Calais. Tourism, migration, or the construction of the Eurotunnel have attracted the attention of more than 20 artists. One hundred works primarily from the collection of the Centre Régionale de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais in Douchy-les-Mines and the Musèe des Beaux-Arts Calais will be exhibited.

Very recent works, film, photography and research projects by Enrique Ramirez, Jan Lemitz and Laura Henno, show that the city focuses the interest of contemporary art around important issues: the movement, the man in the landscape, vernacular architecture and globalization.
Exhibition organized in collaboration with the CRP, the Centre Régionale de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais in Douchy-les-Mines and MJC Rosendaël.

Voices of the Sea is part of the European project TAP, Time and Place. Participating institutions are: European contemporary art center Fabrica in Brighton, Sainsbury Art Center in Norwich, Frac Lower Normandy Caen, Communauté d'agglomération du Calaisis and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Calais.


Wolfgang Zurborn In the Middle of the Speed #1, Calais 1994

























In the Middle of the Speed #20, Calais 1996





In the Middle of the Speed #21, Calais 1996


PIMP the TIMP Volume II

An exhibition project by Galerie Lichtblick,
FENZkunstraum and Galerie Kunstwerk Nippes

Within the frame of 21st International Photoszene Cologne

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Shanghai 2006

Pimp the Timp Volume II

September 15th-23rd 2012


Manuel Bauer, Wolfgang Bellwinkel, Harvey Benge, Steven Benson,
Michael Christopher Brown, Chili, Stefen Chow, Nathalie Daoust,
James Whitlow Delano, Luis Delgado, Giulio Di Sturco,
Antonio Julio Duarte, Joakim Eneroth, Katharina Hesse,
Oyvind Hjelmen, Torben Höke, Ore Huiying, Liu Jin, Men Jin & Fang Er,
Ferit Kuyas, Kary Ka-Che Kwok, Pok Chi Lau, Elaine Ling, Feng Mengbo,
Midori Mitamura, Wolfgang Müller, Andreas Müller Pohle, Sherman Ong,
Tatsumi Orimoto, Wang Qingsong, Michael Rauner, Chris Rauschenberg,
Michael Rhoades, Frank Rothe, Gerard Saitner, Frank Silberbach,
Matthew Sleeth, Zsolt Szamódy, Homer Sykes, Ian Teh, Kurt Tong,
Linda Troeller, Unity Art Nabiha + Thom, Robert Welsh, Wolfgang Zurborn

Exhibition curated by Tina Schelhorn

Wolfgang Zurborn, China! Which China?

China Stories

China is a country of contrasts. It is one of the oldest advanced civilizations, and one of the most populous countries in the world on its way to become politically and economically a world power. Communist-ruled, but characterized by an unrestrained capitalism, rich in natural beauty, but characterized by environmental degradation, millionaires and abject poverty, china lives the dualism of extremes . The images and stories are countless as the myriad of lights of the big cities.International photographers show different perspectives on modern China, document the changes and reminisce about spirits and shamans. The pictures in this exhibition deal with large landscapes and intimate scenes of everyday life. The speed of change and the extremes in a surreal society are reflected in the work of more than 30 Photgraphers.
We travel with photographers from around the world to the City of Ambition, listen to stories and share Xizhimen's Flat. The compelling images not only provide a visual picture of today's China but present china´s stories suggesting a presentiment for its future.



























Ferit Kuyas – City of Ambition
















Kolga Tbilisi Photo Meeting 2012 

Exhibitions, Workshops, Portfolio Reviews, Lectures

June 7th-14th 2012

Wolfgang Zurborn, Drift, Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi

Documentation of Kolga Tbilisi Photo Meeting 2012

Mistigris - German Contemporary Photography
Exhibition curated by Tina Schelhorn

Dominique Auerbacher/ Holger Trülzsch • Andrej Barov
Ute Behrend • Barbara Burg/ Oliver Schuh • Dirk Gebhardt
Teona Gogichaishvili • Sibylle Fendt • Frederic Lezmi
David Klammer • Marc Räder • Frank Robert • Lukas Roth
Frank Rothe • Wolfgang Zurborn

Opening: June 7th, 6 pm

Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi
27 Rustaveli Prospect
Tbilisi, Georgia

This museum opened on end of February 2012 and is the first museum in Georgia dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

Ute Behrend

Further Exhibitions

Kcurated by Tina Schelhorn:
American Contemporary Photography
Images Against War
Nigel Dickinson - Beyond Borders

More information on the website of Gallery Lichtblick
and Kolga Tbilisi Photo


Richard Bram, New York - Reality Condensed
Nigel Dickinson, Paris - Visual Story Telling
Pok Chi Lau, Kansas City - Cultural Heritage Traces in Tbilisi
Frederic Lezmi, Cologne/Istanbul - Tracking Tbilisi
William Messer, Cincinnati - Naked Truth
Mimi Mollica, London - The Peaceful Hunter  
Gordon Smith, Philadelphia - Capturing a sense of place
Wolfgang Zurborn, Cologne - In the Streets of Tbilisi

Detailed Information and application on the Website of Lichtblick School

Sibylle Fendt








Book Project "Catch"

F/Stop Festival for Photography, Liepzig
Exhibition Dummy Award 2012

June 23rd - July 1st, 2012

Wolfgang Zurborn, Catch

The book project "Catch" including 62 photographs taken between 1999 and 2007 has been shortlisted to the Dummy Award 2012.

The F/Stop Festival for Photography in Leipzig is the only place in Germany, where you can see the dummies of all 59 nominees of this year.

Festival Program

Exhibition Place
Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei
Halle 14 2. OG
Spinnereistr. 7
04179 Leipzig

Organizer of the Festival:
Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Fotografie Leipzig e.V.
Phone: +49(0)341-26 54 41 77
Fax: +49(0)341-26 55 21 61

Slideshow Book Dummy Catch

Catch at Zeit-Online
Die Perücken gucken zurück

Article and slideshow







44 Gallery, Bruges, Belgium

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled., Maastricht, 2002

Wolfgang Zurborn - Drift

November 12th - Dezember 4th 2011

Opening: Friday November 11th, 7 p.m.
Introduction: Sofie Crabbé, Art Historian, Critic

Dezember 2nd - 6th 44 GALLERY at LINEART ART FAIR GENT

Genthof 44 - 8000 Bruges, Belgium
opening hours: Sat, Sun 2 - 6 p.m.
contact: Luc Rabaey
+32 489 552663


More images and texts about Drift,
the book, the editions, the exhibitions,
you find in this Portfolio






Street Photography Now

London Street Photography Festival 2011

Wolfgang Zurborn, Drift, o.T., Wolfsburg, 2001

Street Photography Now

Christophe Agou • Arif Asci • Narelle Autio • Polly Braden
Bang Byoung-Sang • Maciej Dakowicz • Carolyn Drake • Melanie Einzig George Georgiou • David Gibson • Bruce Gilden • Thierry Girard
Andrew Glickman • Siegfried Hansen • Markus Hartel • Nils Jorgensen
Richard Kalvar • Martin Kollar • Jens Olof Lasthein • Frederic Lezmi
Jesse Marlow • Jeff Mermelstein  • Joel Meyerowitz • Mimi Mollica
Trent Parke • Martin Parr • Gus Powell • Mark Alor Powell
Bruno Quinquet • Paul Russell • Otto Snoek • Matt Stuart
Ying Tang • Alexey Titarenko • Nick Turpin • Munem Wasif
Alex Webb • Amani Willett • Michael Wolf • Artem Zhitenev
Wolfgang Zurborn

7. - 17. Juli 2011

18 Exmouth Market
London, EC1R 4QE
täglich 11.00 - 19.00 Uhr


Street Photography Now
Exhibition accompanying the same-named publication
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, London
Authors: Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren

The first substantial survey of international street photography since the late 1980s. For the last twenty years the candid photography of life in public has been mostly underground but secretly flourishing.

Street Photography Now showcases the work of forty-six image-makers who are notable for their candid depictions of life on the streets and in the subway, in shopping malls and movie theaters, on beaches and in parks. Four thought-provoking essays put the work into the wider context of what has gone before, while quotes from the photographers expand and illuminate their work and draw attention to their influences and ways of working.

Included are luminaries such as Magnum grandmasters Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Alex Webb, as well as an international group of emerging photographers whose views of New York or Tokyo, Mumbai or Bournemouth, Istanbul or Dakar, all record moments in time that will never be repeated.
200 color and 60 black-and-white photographs.


Buchcover Street Photography Now































Nils Jorgensen




Bruce Gilden




The London Street Photography Festival








Choreography of the Urban

Workshop by Wolfgang Zurborn at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Cologne 2006

Workshop by Wolfgang Zurborn
Saturday + Sunday, September 18th-19th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Number of Participants: Min. 8 / Max. 15
Price: FFF-members: € 200,-- not members: € 300,--

Application deadline: September 5th, 2010

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Büro: Weißfrauenstr. 1
60311 Frankfurt
phone: 069 29 17 26




















So far, so close

Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam

Wolfgang Zurborn, Sankt Augustin, 2009


Birgit Knappe

Wolfgang Zurborn
Photographs from the series China! Which China?, 2006
and Mitten im Westen, 2009

In addition:
Photographs by participants of the seminar Die Erfindung des Realen by Wolfgang Zurborn at Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin:
Marina d’Oro, Oliver Gerhartz, Beate Hoerkens, Christian Kosfeld,
Xavier Ribes, Dieter Seitz, Ruth Stoltenberg, Lena Treugut,
Martina Zschocke

Opening: June 19th 2010, 4 p.m.
Exhibition until August 1st, 2010

Galerie Ruhnke
Charlottenstr. 122
14467 Potsdam
phone 0331.5058086 and 01577.2958104
Thu–Sun 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment
Exhibition of the sculpters at Findlingsgarten, Seddiner See


Workshop So far, so close

by Wolfgang Zurborn at Galerie Ruhnke August 31st, 2010


































untitled, Beijing 2006



The 6th Warsaw Festival of Art Photography 2010

Wolfgang Zurborn Terra Incognita


Wolfgang Zurborn, Terra Incognita #2, Bielefeld 2002

Look in the exhibition

Wolfgang Zurborn Terra Incognita

April 16th – May 10th, 2010

Opening: April 16th, 2010, 6 p.m.

Galeria Art NEW Media
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 41
Poland - 00-071 Warsaw
phone.: +48 22 828 82 22
fax: +48 22 828 82 21
opening hours: Mon - Fri 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Festival program


Dojczland … mit freundlichen Grüßen

Curators: Inga Schneider and Sebastian Hau

The theme which cements the series of events (six exhibitions and a seminar are about German photography), prepared by German curators, Inga Schneider and Sebastian Hau, is the sentimentality of German photography and the challenge that is the articulation of feelings in the photographic recording. The goal of the exhibitions is also the depiction of a different, more ‘humane’ image of Germany as well as trying to change the stereotypical view of the country held by Poles. The German presentations will take place under a joint title: “Dojczland ... mit freundlichen Grüßen,” [Germany…with regards], which refers to the title of Andrzej Stasiuk’s book “Dojczland“.

Representatives of various generations, schools of thought and genres can be found among the German artists. These include Arno Fischer and Chargesheimer, the authors of photographs from the fifties and sixties depicting cities in the process of being rebuilt after the war and which stood at the threshold of constant political divisions, such as Cologne or Berlin. Wolfgang Zurborn shows unique images of the industrial metropolis Bielefeld, which he registers in the shape of an individualized and extremely suggestive photographic note, almost akin to the art of painting, full of unconventional shots, views and perspectives. Oliver Kern tries to define national identity through the registration symbols and signs present in everyday Germany as well as daily human existence in distant, forgotten corners of the country. Thekla Ehling concentrates on her immediate surroundings and depicts moving stories of those closest to her using simple narratives. Peter Piller works with ‘ready’ material, photographs from local newspaper supplements, arranged into a few dozen thematic groups, which reflect on the way in which the viewer is manipulated through ever-present images in the mass media.

As part of the seminars on German photography, we would like to present a series of lectures and meetings, speakers will include: Inga Schneider (“New tendencies in German photography”), Markus Schaden (“German photographic publishing houses“), Sebastian Hau (“The Problem of identity and registering of emotion in German photography“), Oliver Kern, (“The german view, about one‘s own photography“) and Thomas Martin and Hannes Gieseler (a film and lecture onWolfgang Zurborn.





























Wolfgang Zurborn,
Terra Incognita #17
, Bielefeld 2002






Wolfgang Zurborn, Terra Incognita #10, Bielefeld 2002



Die Erfindung des Realen

Exhibition with results of a seminar by Wolfgang Zurborn

Die Erfindung des Realen, Cover of the catalogue


Die Erfindung des Realen

Marina d’Oro, Oliver Gerhartz, Beate Hoerkens, Christian Kosfeld,
Xavier Ribes, Dieter Seitz, Ruth Stoltenberg, Lena Treugut,
Martina Zschocke

May 18th - June 12th 2010

Opening: Sat, May 15th 2010, 6 p.m.

Forum der Neuen Schule für Fotografie Berlin
Brunnenstr. 188-190
10119 Berlin
phone +49.(0)30.28 04 68 62
fax +49.(0)30.28 04 68 72

opening hours: Tue-Sat 2 p.m.-6 p.m.


Slideshow with results of the seminar


Back of the catalogue Die Erfindung des Realen








Wolfgang Zurborn – Drift

UNO ART SPACE, Stuttgart

Wolfgang Zurborn Drift, Uno Art Space, Stuttgart

Wolfgang Zurborn - Drift

March 6th – July 4th 2010

Opening: March 6th 2010, 7 - 10 p.m.
Finissage: July 3rd 2010, 8 - 10 p.m.

Uno Art Space - Ute Noll
On Photography & Illustration
Liststrasse 27
70180 Stuttgart
0711 66 48 72 85


Slideshow Drift


Change of display case

Frederic Lezmi - From Vienna to Beirut
Searching for the border between Europe and the Orient.

May 7th 2010, 8 p.m.
Talk between Frederic Lezmi and Wolfgang Zurborn

From August to December 2008 I was „en route” between Vienna and Beirut. During my travel, I encountered people in versatile worlds, inside or in front of architectural places, both real and artificial, public and private. In my photographs, people emerge either as just passers-by or while waiting, as subjects and objects of the viewer’s eye, moving about in their urban or rural environment. These are distanced views in which locals and tourists are on their paths, randomly congregating and forming elusive compositions. These pictures represent neither precise documents nor do they create artistic worlds. They rather mean to be constructions of multicolored, fragmented impressions, like looking through a kaleidoscope. I often show architectural monuments, including the social life taking place within, in various superimposed layers and conditions. Through reflections and fragmentations within the images, the viewer’s eye is being multiplied, inverted and divided in order to put on trial and call in question the perception of cultural differences and their importance for the “present” and the “past” of our society.

































Frederic Lezmi, Beyond Borders - From Vienna to Beirut White Press, 2009




come home 11

Touring exhibition in flats curated by Steff Adams

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled. Cologne 2005


come home 11

March 19th - 21st, 2010

opening: Friday, March 19th, 7 p.m.
with a concert by The Great Park and Fee Rega
Saturday, March 20th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21st, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

by Steff Adams
Gereonswall 27a
50668 Cologne

phone: 0221 / 5 10 31 51
Fax: 0221 / 7 10 59 15


come home – a traveling exhibition
Ideas, second thoughts, sketches, and the remains of abandoned projects in the form of objects, books and photographs, culled from the depth of the proverbial drawer, are for the first time made accessible to an interested public. The work, ranging from the ephemeral to the mundane to the bold, will be shown in the domestic setting of an authentic apartment.


participating artists:

Achim Mohné • Agii Gosse • André Falck • Andreas M. Wiese • Angelika Stienecke • Anja Lenze • Anja Schreiber • Anja Z Gna • Annette Reichardt •Antoine Carvalho • Armin Künstler • Barbara Deblitz • Benita Thisbe von Eiag Benno Schlicht • Bettina Bormann • Bettina Bouchon • Birgit Szepanski • Brigitta Anna Schumacher • Britta Schopf • Britta Wandaogo • Christa Niestrath • Christine Peters • Claudia Immig • Dorothee Schäfer • Dorthe Goeden • Elena Pinci Schneider • Elisabeth Höller • Ellen, Marlon, Nelson Altegoer • Eric Mayen • Esther Kusche • Eva Jaskolski • Fee Rieger • Florian Scholz • Frank Frick • Frank Göldner • Frederic Lezmi • Friederike Huft • Gabriele Vorbrodt • Gerhard Glimm • Gudrun F. Widlok • Harald Busch • Harvey Benge • Heiko Diekmeier • Ina Holitzka • Ina Vermehr • Julia Seidensticker • Juliane Wenzl • Jürgen Paas • Kaddi Wandaogo • Karin Meiner • Karl-Heinz Mauermann • Kathrin Bergmann • Katja Struif • Kawarasaki Takamitu • Kirsten Klöckner • Laas Abendroth • Lennart Gätjen • Linda Weiss • Manfred Hammes • Manuela Krekeler-Marx • Marc Volk • Maria Jauregui • Ponte Martina Kobernuß • Meinolf Koessmeier • Merel Mirage • Midori Mitamura • Natascha Sonnenschein • Odine Lang • Philipp Schlickum • Pit Goertz • Rainer Kiel • Ralf Hennerici • Ralf Witthaus • Ramin Khadjaviha • Regine Strehlow-Lorenz • Robert Küppers • Ruth Knecht • Sabine Knappe • Sabine Weber • Simone Neveling • Sonja Kuprat • Stefanie C. Zürn • Steff Adams • Stephan Brenn • Stephen Burch • Stevens Ragone • Suria Kassimi • Susan Feind Sylvia Reuße • Thomas Schneider • Thomas Zika • Tilman Lothspeich • Tina Schelhorn • Triloff • Ulrike Waltemathe • Ulli Rödder • Uwe Ahlgrimm • Verena Loevenhaupt • Volker Fischer • Wolfgang Vollmer • Wolfgang Zurborn



























with my contributions
to the exhibitions:
come home 1-9




come home 4, 2002


Calender Galleries in Frankfurt

photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn

photograph by Wolfgang Zurborn from the calender Galleries in Frankfurt
Claudia Wieser, Gallery Eva Winkeler

Slideshow Gallery-Calender

Galerien in Frankfurt

Calender of Stritzinger GmbH Druck + Daten
13 photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn
Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Sabine Seitz, Managing Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

participating galleries:
Galerie Maurer • Japan Art, Galerie Friedrich Müller • Galerie F.A.C. Prestel
Galerie Anita Beckers • L.A. Galerie • galerie martina detterer
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art GmbH • Kai Middendorf Galerie • Galerie Greulich
Galerie Braubachfive • galerie leuenroth gmbh • Galerie Eva Winkeler
galerie wagner + marks


13 on 11/12

The Frankfurt gallery scene along the city Tram 11/12,
which stretches from the Bahnhofsviertel across town to the Hanauer Landstraße, is an essential lifeline for Frankfurt’s importance as an art centre. This is an exponential »art« calendar in that it documents the wanderlust of one artist’s eyes throughout a week’s journey to the individual galleries.

The acceptance of Wolfgang Zurborn to make this special tour for us gives credence to the original idea of revealing the concentration and diversity of contemporary art, the inner-city allure and the relaxed, non-polluting ride with the Bahnhof-Braubach-Hanau »art express«.
Zurborn’s picture language is rooted in the uncanny details of life’s dynamics. His photographs disclose the clashing fraction of a second when and where objects, gestures, or scenery appear to drift back and forth. Our eyes may wander, as if we are walking on all fours or have started listening to the artwork instead of viewing it. None of his works are digitally composed even though they characteristically appear as a generated collage.

One artist that has long been a source of inspiration to Wolfgang Zurborn is Jacques Tati, the French comedian and filmmaker.
Like Tati, Zurborn revels in the surprises of everyday satire. Zurborn’s approach can be liked to a common English underground...»Step lively«.
If there were only more months in the year, we could have shown more of his curious trip. »With a surrealist sense of humour I am creating a collision montage of juxtaposed, multi-layered images combined on a single picture plane. Disconnected from the purely functional sense our every-day surrounding appears in a much more sensual way.«

Celina Lunsford, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt



























Japan Art, Galerie Friedrich Müller





Galerie Greulich




Workshop Elegance and Experiment

at Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

January 23rd and 24th 2010


Wolfgang Zurborn, Spiel_Orte #1, 2004


Elegance and Experiment
Photo Workshop by Wolfgang Zurborn
accompanying to the exhibtion by Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel
at Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg,
January 23rd - 24th 2010, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Workshop Application:

Linda Eckardt-S.
Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Haus der Photographie
Deichtorstrasse 1+2 - D-20095 Hamburg
Pone: 040-32103-240 - Fax: 040-32103-230

































China Stories

Ruskin Gallery - Cambridge School of Art (CSA)
at Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Exhibition curated by Tina Schelhorn


Wolfgang Zurborn - untitled, Shanghai 2006

Harvey Benge - Auckland, New Zealand
Oyvind Hjelmen - Stord, Norway
Ferit Kuyas - Zürich, Switzerland
Pok Chi Lau - Kansas City, USA
Elaine Ling - Toronto, Canada
Christopher Rauschenberg - Portland, USA
Gerard Saitner - Paris, France
Wolfgang Zurborn - Cologne, Germany

April 3rd - April 18th, 2009

Opening: April 2nd, 2009


Ruskin Gallery - Cambridge School of Art (CSA)
at Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Cambridge Campus
East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Harvey Benge - China Story My pictures explore the strange anthropology of cities. The unusual and overlooked in the human landscape. The democracy of non-places fascinates me, in the knowledge that inevitably nothing is as it seems. These are series I made in 2006 and 2007 when I was a guest at the Pingyao Festival in Shanxi Province China.

Øyvind Hjelmen - Journey Elsewhere When I travelled through China In December 2007.I tried to note my impressions of little bits of grace and surprise that I discover day by day. One may ask, is such a journey really a journey elsewhere, or is it just a journey going deeper within oneself? To be honest, I think both ideas are true…

Ferit Kuyas - City of Ambition This is a visit to one of the largest cities in the world, Chongqing, populated by roughly 32 million people. I am mainly interested in the outskirts of Chongqing, where the city can’t be really seen but sensed, like a tiger moving through the jungle – invisible, yet there.

Pok Chi Lau – China 1979 -1982 - Post Chairman Mao Period When Lau was 19 and living in Hong Kong, his parents borrowed enough money to pay for two cameras, a plane ticket and college tuition. He studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography and the California Institute of the Arts. Beginning in the late 1970s, Lau traveled from one Chinatown to the next documenting the lives of Chinese immigrants working at mines, railroads, laundries and restaurants and often living in cramped conditions.

Wolfgang Zurborn - China! Which China? In June 2006 I visited Beijing and Shanghai. The challenge of the encounter with the unfamiliar world was to transform the personal experience of the highly complex and interlaced parallel worlds of these "Megacities" into an individual picture language which should not keep the unknown in the realm of the exotic but which discovers the nearness in the strange.

Elaine Ling – China Stones is a journey (1995) down the Spirit Road, a long avenue flanked on either side by pairs of stone sculptures of animals and figures, This road leads up to an earth tumulus beneath which lies the underground palace in which the emperor's body rested surrounded by treasures and other objects placed for use in the afterlife.

Chris Rauschenberg was travelling in China in 1985. He is looking at the urban spaces in China in a very fragmentary view. Objects of everyday life are developing an absurd own life. His panoramic photographs are forcing the very subjective construction of space.



Ferit Kuyas- City of Ambition






























Pok Chi Lau - China 1979 -1982





Harvey Benge - China Story





Oyvind Hjelmen - Journey Elsewhere




Les Paysage en Mutation

Mission Photographique Transmanche

Wolfgang Zurborn At the Centre of the Speed #8, 1996

Ralph Hinterkeuser
Martin Parr
Wolfgang Zurborn

November 29th - December 14th 2008
Opening: November 29th 2008, 11 a.m.

Galerie d’Exposition Pablo Picasso
Rue Roger Salengro
Denain, France
phone 03 27 43 33 26


The photographic series by Ralph Hinterkeuser, Martin Parr and Wolfgang Zurborn are part of the project La Mission Photographique Transmanche (1987-2005), organised by Centre Régionale de la Photographie, Nord Pas-de-Calais (CRP). They are reflecting the different influences on this region in the North of France forced by the new construction of Europe.

The construction of the tunnel under the channel is the symbol of European construction and its territorial development. This development favours communications networks and high-speed exchanges. Those in power decided on just-in-time distribution for the communications logistics. Speed and just-in-time, to the point of saturation, have become the very attributes of the powers-that-be.                               Pierre Devin, former director of the CRP.




















Wolfgang Zurborn At the Centre of the Speed #22, 1996









China! Which China?

Exhibition in V8 Gallery, Cologne

Publication by
in collaboration with Heine/Lenz/Zizka


Wolfgang Zurborn, "China! Which China?"
Photographs from Beijing and Shanghai 2006
4x4 section, 42x31.5cm leporello

A project by Heine/Lenz/Zizka and
Design: Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt, Berlin
Publisher:, Cologne
ISBN: 3-932187-12-1
Price: 48.- Euro

Slideshow presenting the publication

Exhibition in V8 Gallery, Cologne

Opening: September 5th 2008, 7 p.m.
exhibition dates: September 5th – November 21st 2008
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

V8 Gallery
Mohrenstraße 2
50670 Cologne
phone:: +49 221-9985994
fax: +49 221-9985990
contact: Inga Schneider

Booksigning and Cooking
in collaboration with at V8 Gallery.
September 25th 2008, 7 p.m.
Wolfgang Zurborn and Markus Schaden will be cooking chinese food in the inner courtyard.

September 28th 2008, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at V8 Gallery
within the frame of the exhibition „China! Which China?“
Zurborn will explain his photographic strategies and will review the portfolios of the participants. Max. 12 participants, workshop fee: 100 Euro.
For more information please contact: Inga Schneider.


China! Which China?

In June 2006 I visited Beijing and Shanghai. The challenge of the encounter with the unfamiliar world was to transform the personal experience of the highly complex and interlaced parallel worlds of these "Megacities" into an individual picture language which should not keep the unknown in the realm of the exotic but which discovers the nearness in the strange.

I started my trip in Beijing and I was absolutely fascinated by this city, because I had the feeling, that the past and the future are present at the same time. In some parts of Beijing you can feel the long history of this city, in other parts the development and growing of this megacity is so quick that you could imagine to be in a science fiction film.

The life in the streets of Beijing and Shanghai appears like a dense collage of signs, people and structures, a kind of semiotic overkill that is hard to decode at first, but exactly this was the very special challenge for me to describe the ambivalence and the great vividness of the urban life. I had the feeling, that the circumstances of life are changing every day, so it seems to be a very interesting place to be at this time.

Zurborn's work from China resembles his previous efforts. That is to say, he's captured what appear to be digital montages, composed from the worlds of advertising, construction, pedestrians and tourists. The images, extremely well composed and often making use of shop-window reflections, are, in fact, straight photographs, shot for the most part on film.
Excerpt from the article Western Eyes by Bill Kouwenhoven
in British Journal of Photography, 23.7.2008
















































Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2007

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Lianzhou, 2007

Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
Contemporary Chinese and international Photography

In the program of the festival:
Wolfgang Zurborn Drift

Dezember 8th - 22nd 2007


Article in the magazine The Bund, Shaghai about my photography.


The atmosphere of the Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival was really fantastic, meeting so many Chinese and International photographers in very interesting exhibition places. I could see a lot of good presentations of contemporary photography in a wide range of artistic approaches from documentary to staged photography. This was one of the most positive aspects of the festival for me, that it gave such an complex view on the possibilities of this medium without any narrow ideology.
The slideshow shouöd give you an impression of this great event.

Slideshow with images of the festival





























untitled, Lianzhou 2007





Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Exhibition at PDNB Gallery in Dallas, August 2007

PDNB Gallery
1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103
Dallas, TX 75207
phone: 214.969.1852
fax: 214.745.9901

Review in Dallas Morning News

The German photographer Wolfgang Zurborn, showing at Photographs Do Not Bend, makes brightly colored photographs of fragmented objects. The images bring to mind the collage-based paintings of pop artist James Rosenquist...

Mounted on aluminum, the shiny surfaces of Mr. Zurborn's photographs are tight and resolute. The completeness of each image runs counter to the topsy-turvy movement he distills. The photographs seem captured on the go. A photo from Wolfsburg in 2002 shows the shiny black front fender of an old VW Bug reflecting a sliver of an adjacent billboard. The figure from the billboard is anamorphic, distorted as though captured in motion.

Charissa N. Terranova

The exhibition was sponsered by Dallas Goethe Center and by Lufthansa.






















20 Years Galerie Lichtblick


from the picture story 20 Years Lichtblick


In spring 1986 Tina Schelhorn, Stefan Worring, Norbert Görtz, Kristian Rüdiger, Ingrid Zeller und Detlef Hansen had the spontaneus idea to run a photo gallery. Half a year later Wolfgang Zurborn joined the team of Galerie Lichtblick.

Since the very beginning as a collective the gallery was growing during all the years to a center for contemporary photography by the intensive co-operation with Tina Schelhorn. In more then 150 exhibitions with German and International photographers we were showing a variety of present themes and new visual conceptions from all over the world.

One important aspect for the gallery is to build up an international network with artists, galleries, festivals and other institutions.

The slideshow on this website is not only giving a review on the program of the last twenty years, it is also a personal document of many meetings with artists and friends of the gallery.

slideshow 20 Years Gallery Lichtblick

from 20 Years Gallery Lichtblick


















Tina Schelhorn,
10 Years Lichtblick, 1996



images against war

An exhibition organised by Gallery Lichtblick
with statements of more than 600 artists from all over the world.

Curated by Tina Schelhorn.

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, 1996

The collection images against war was shown at several exhibition spaces all over Europe and in May it was presented at Fotofestival Lódz in Poland.
The show is now travelling to America, to Chicago in Illinois and to
Cincinnati in Ohio.


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11th Dom Fotografie Summer Photoschool

Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

Fiona Rukschcio                      Lucia Benicka                          Ernestine Ruben

11TH YEAR of the Summer Photoschool has run from 5th till 16th July, 2006 in the city of Liptovsky Mikulas . SUMMER PHOTOSCHOOL is an educational project organized by the non-profit and private organization - House of Photography in Slovakia. Its primary mission is education through arts and photography.

Summer Photoschool 2006 offered 13 INTENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES COVERING SEVERAL TOPICS AND GENRES by reknowned lecturers from 9 countries: Austria - Fiona Rukschcio; Bulgaria - Boris Missirkov & Georgi Bogdanov; Czech Republic - Jaroslav Barta, Víta Krejãí, Jirka Petera; Finland - Kari Holopainen; Great Britain - Ian Wiblin; Germany - Wofgang Zurborn; Hungary - Ágnes Eperjesi; Slovakia - Jozef Cesla, Martin Crep, Tomás AGAT Blonski; USA - Ernestine Ruben).


Workshop "Ordering and Chaos" by Wolfgang Zurborn

with the participants: Adèle Benesová, Peter Burda, Lucie Michnova, Martin Mocik, Petr Nagy, Silvia Sencekova, Peter Sugár

Workshop with Wolfgang Zurborn


The key to the quest for order in photography, involving the interplay of bodies, objects, signs and spaces transforming them to a legible structure, to a comprehensible composition, is not to lose sight of chaos. It is precisely this chaos that gives photography its unlimited liveliness. In this workshop we want to elaborate these kind of visual experiments for discovering personal aspects of our everyday life.


results of the workshop

















Petr Nagy




Peter Burda




Lucie Michnova